Monday, March 15, 2021

Music History Today: March 16, 2021

March 16 , 1985: "Nightshift" by The Commodores, a tribute to Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, knocks Diana Ross' "Missing You," a tribute to Gaye written by ex-Commodore Lionel Richie, from the number 1 spot on the R&B chart.

The second consecutive R&B No. 1 to pay tribute to Marvin Gaye hit the top spot on 16 March 1985.

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The untimely death of the great Motown hero moved his former singing partner Diana Ross to record ‘Missing You.’ On that day, Ms. Ross was succeeded at the soul summit by some more former Motown labelmates, the Commodores, as they paid their respects to Marvin on ‘Nightshift.’ 
Read more: U Discover Music

 

March 16 , 1968: Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" hits number 1, becoming the first-ever posthumous number 1 hit. Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967.

‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ is one of the definitive Otis Redding songs. 

Otis Redding

It’s not only highly regarded and steeped in legendary mystique because he co-wrote it with the esteemed soul guitarist Steve Cropper, but because they wrote it just a matter of days before the iconic soul singer tragically lost his life in a devastating plane crash. 
Read more: Far Out Magazine

March 16, 1979:  "Down in the Park" by the Gary Numan fronted band, Tubeway Army, was released.

"Down in the Park" is a 1979 song by the English band Tubeway Army, featuring lead vocals by Gary Numan. It was released as the first single from the band's second album Replicas. Like the Replicas album as a whole, "Down in the Park" marked a major shift from Tubeway Army's previous output. 

Gary Numan
Gary Numan

The band's early releases, the 1978 singles "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers" plus the self-titled debut album, contained elements of punk, hard rock, heavy metal and new wave but were exclusively guitar driven with only occasional use of primitive synthesizer effects. "Down in the Park", on the other hand, was Numan's first composition on keyboards and his first release to feature the predominantly electronic sound that became his trademark. 

Read more: Wikipedia

 

March 16, 1983: "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats was released in the US. 

You aren't human if the first three seconds of "The Safety Dance" don't make you smile. The song is just pure joy – and the video is the most bizarrely Eighties-tastic thing ever created.

"The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats album cover 

Why is the Men Without Hats singer in a Renaissance village with midgets? Why is he all spastic? The Canadian band never had another hit other than "Pop Goes The World", but "The Safety Dance" has been used in so many movies and commercials, they continue to get paid for it. 
Read more: Rolling Stone

March 16 , 1995: The Goo Goo Dolls release their breakthrough fifth studio album, A Boy Named Goo, featuring their first major hit, "Name."

It’s interesting to see how the punk cannon is defined in the internet age. A band like Fall Out Boy gets continued coverage on sites specializing in punk despite the fact they’ve long ago revealed themselves to be a pop band who only briefly infused some punk in the mix.

Goo Goo Dolls

Meanwhile, a band like Buffalo’s Goo Goo Dolls gets completely left out since they made their transition to mom-rock before most current punk sites existed. And it’s a shame, because early and mid period GGD still very much rules, especially A Boy Named Goo. 

Read more: Punks in Vegas

 

Nightshift
The Commodores

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